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Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:18
Jindal's JP announcement, Gambel Giveway; AgCenter; Dardenne Awards
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new-orleans-tourismLouisiana governor Bobby Jindal makes Jefferson Parish economic development announcement; Gambel gives away $5,000; AgCenter research project launches; Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne hosts Culture Awards and renewable fuel awards. These are the latest business and organization news.

 

Jindal economic development announcement

Today, Governor Jindal will make an economic development announcement in Jefferson Parish at 12:20 PM

Gambel Communications Announces Giveaway
In celebration of their fifth anniversary, Gambel Communications gives away a $5,000 public relations contract to a non-profit organization. Certified 501c3 nonprofit organizations in the thirteen parishes in the Greater New Orleans area that have not previously worked with a PR agency can enter the contest  by visiting www.gambelpr.com. The deadline is May 7. Gambel Communications are choosing five finalists and will then allow the public to vote through the company's Facebook page. The organization receiving the most likes wins.

“We wanted to do something special for our company’s fifth anniversary and thought giving back to the community would be the perfect way to celebrate,” said Betsie Gambel, President of Gambel Communications. “The response was overwhelming last year and we are excited to see which lucky nonprofit we will be working with this year.”

LSU AgCenter Opens Research Project
The ribbon has been cut for LSU AgCenter organic fertility research project, located close to the Morial Convention Center. The research is going to be looking at organic fertilizer versus conventional fertilizer used in vegetable gardening, diseases, and microbial qualities of irrigation water.

The produce, tomatoes, will be harvested in June, and the findings will be presented at the 2nd Annual Farm to Table International Symposium at the Convention Center August 2-4.

Lt. Gov. Dardenne Hosted Louisiana Culture Awards
On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne hosted the Louisiana Culture Awards in Baton Rouge. Seventeen individuals, organizations, and communities were honored for their outstanding contributions to Louisiana culture.

Winners:
Cultural District Award: Downtown Lafayette Cultural District
Arts Education Award: Henry Price (Shreveport)
Arts Leadership Award: Kris Cangelosi (Baton Rouge)
Culinary Arts Award: Reconcile New Orleans
Outstanding Arts Organization: McNeese Banners Cultural Series (Lake Charles)
Artist of the Year: Wayne Amedee (New Orleans)
Folklife Heritage Award: Goldman Thibodeaux (Opelousas)
Archaeologist of the Year: R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates (New Orleans)
Main Street Award: St. Claude Main Street (New Orleans)
Preservation Education Award: J. Randolph Harelson (New Roads)
Preservation Leadership Award: A.C. Bourdier (Lake Charles)
Preservation Heritage Award: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
Preservationist of the Year: Jean Sayres (Shreveport)
Le Prix de la Franco-Responsabilité: Sen. Eric LaFleur (Ville Platte)
Lt. Governor’s Passion for Culture Award: Sandi Kallenberg (Shreveport)
Lt. Governor’s Passion for Culture Award: Kathe Hambrick (Donaldsonville)
George Rodrigue Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award: Sue Turner (Baton Rouge)

Gambel Communications Announces Giveaway

In celebration of their fifth anniversary, Gambel Communications gives away a $5,000 public relations contract to a non-profit organization. Certified 501c3 nonprofit organizations in the thirteen parishes in the Greater New Orleans area that have not previously worked with a PR agency can enter the contest by visiting www.gambelpr.com. The deadline is May 7. Gambel Communications are choosing five finalists and will then allow the public to vote through the company's Facebook page. The organization receiving the most likes wins.

 

“We wanted to do something special for our company’s fifth anniversary and thought giving back to the community would be the perfect way to celebrate,” said Betsie Gambel, President of Gambel Communications. “The response was overwhelming last year and we are excited to see which lucky nonprofit we will be working with this year.”

 

LSU AgCenter Opens Research Project

The ribbon has been cut for LSU AgCenter organic fertility research project, located close to the Morial Convention Center. The research is going to be looking at organic fertilizer versus conventional fertilizer used in vegetable gardening, diseases, and microbial qualities of irrigation water.

 

The produce, tomatoes, will be harvested in June, and the findings will be presented at the 2nd Annual Farm to Table International Symposium at the Convention Center August 2-4.

 

Lt. Gov. Dardenne Hosted Louisiana Culture Awards

On Tuesday, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne hosted the Louisiana Culture Awards in Baton Rouge. Seventeen individuals, organizations, and communities were honored for their outstanding contributions to Louisiana culture.

 

Winners:

Cultural District Award: Downtown Lafayette Cultural District

Arts Education Award: Henry Price (Shreveport)

Arts Leadership Award: Kris Cangelosi (Baton Rouge)

Culinary Arts Award: Reconcile New Orleans

Outstanding Arts Organization: McNeese Banners Cultural Series (Lake Charles)

Artist of the Year: Wayne Amedee (New Orleans)

Folklife Heritage Award: Goldman Thibodeaux (Opelousas)

Archaeologist of the Year: R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates (New Orleans)

Main Street Award: St. Claude Main Street (New Orleans)

Preservation Education Award: J. Randolph Harelson (New Roads)

Preservation Leadership Award: A.C. Bourdier (Lake Charles)

Preservation Heritage Award: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans

Preservationist of the Year: Jean Sayres (Shreveport)

Le Prix de la Franco-Responsabilité: Sen. Eric LaFleur (Ville Platte)

Lt. Governor’s Passion for Culture Award: Sandi Kallenberg (Shreveport)

Lt. Governor’s Passion for Culture Award: Kathe Hambrick (Donaldsonville)

George Rodrigue Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award: Sue Turner (Baton Rouge)

Renewable Fuels

 The Fuels America coalition today released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates showing the far-reaching benefits of renewable fuels for Louisiana workers and businesses. 

Renewable fuels now represent nearly 10% of America’s fuel supply and have helped reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil to the lowest level in years.  The analysis takes into account the entire supply chain for renewable fuels and quantifies the impact to the economy.

Benefits to Louisiana from the renewable fuels industry include:

  • Driving $5.9 billion of economic output
  • Supporting 29,696 jobs and $1.2 billion in wages
  • Generating $153.2 million in state tax revenue each year

The full analysis is available on the Fuels America website, including detailed state by state reports.

The report tells the story of an innovative, advanced renewable fuels and biofuels industry that is producing growing benefits for America’s economy.  “The data are in:  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is driving billions of dollars of economic activity across America,” the report concludes.  “This is the result of years of investment by the biofuel sector to bring clean, low carbon renewable fuels to market.”

Embraced by both Democrats and Republicans and signed into law by President Bush – but bitterly opposed by the oil industry – the RFS calls for the use of American-grown renewable fuels in our transportation fuel supply.  The oil industry is urging the U.S. EPA and/or Congress to repeal or weaken the RFS so that renewable fuels do not further reduce oil industry market share. 

Fuels America stands with the thousands of farm families, workers, small business owners, environmental advocates, veterans and military families who submitted comments to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and support the development of clean, homegrown American fuels.

(source: press release)

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